Kicking Cancers Ass since 2003
Tomorrows Children's Fund was there for me during my battle with pediatric cancer, now it is my turn to return the favor. Please help me and my team of Cancer Cowboys reach our goal this year, so that Tomorrows Children's Fund will be able to assist families effected by pediatric cancer for years to come.
With that said, September 16, 2003 was a gloomy Tuesday, and on that day I was brought in to Tomorrows Children's Institute (TCI) at Hackensack Hospital for a few tests due to an enlarged spleen and low blood count. Not knowing what these tests were being conducted for I went in with an open mind and was eager to learn what was wrong with me. It was not until I saw other current patients that I realized these were no ordinary tests, rather they would determine the outcome of the rest of my life. After completing the tests and procedures, I was brought into a room to meet with my parents and doctors, and from the moment I walked into that room I knew my life was about to change. CANCER, LEUKEMIA, CHEMOTHERAPY…three words I never imagined would ever been associated with me were being said by these doctors, and what seemed like an important conversation to listen to, I just could not seem to pay attention. I had a few other choice words floating around in my head, but those are for another time.
In order to keep this post short I will summarize my encounter with CANCER...over the next 2 and a half years, I missed out on a year of school, countless memories with friends, and even watched my dream of playing hockey at an elite level disappear. As you can imagine I was not only upset about missing out on my teenage years, but I was pissed off at the world for choosing me. That was until I realized I could not let cancer define who I was! I had to live my life how I wanted to live my life, not how cancer wanted me to. With that mindset and an unbelievable support team at Tomorrows Children’s Institute I was able to tackle the next 2 plus years of chemo, and ultimately kick cancers ass!
Are there times in life I think about what could have happened if I was never diagnosed with cancer, OF COURSE! If I could go back to that day and start over without having cancer would I, you bet your butt I would. But the truth of the matter is you cannot change the past, and I cannot change that I had cancer...But what WE can do is help change the future! By donating today, we might not be able to cure cancer, but what we can do is help a family pay the mortgage, their electric bill, or even provide gas money, also we can help provide a child with a handheld device to get him through longs days of chemo. So help me help others by joining my team, Scott's Cancer Cowboys for the Tomorrows Children's Fund 5K and Family Mile, or if you cannot make the date or prefer not to run, just donate to the cause. The run will be taking place Sunday, June 24, 2018.